Fifteen year old Chloe Cracknell from Halstead, who is in Year 11 at Hedingham School, was recently delighted to hear she had been selected to represent England in her age group in orienteering. Chloe was inspired to take up the sport whilst still at primary school at St Andrew’s in Halstead by her PE teacher. This developed her map reading skills very early on and she has just gone from strength to strength since then. She now trains with Braintree Athletics Club and puts huge effort into her chosen sport.
Chloe will be travelling to Belgium in April to participate in an international event, competing against orienteerers from the Netherlands, France and Belgium. Her England kit should arrive in the next couple of weeks and she is really excited about wearing it! Chloe says, ‘I was so happy to hear I had been selected to represent England as I had been trying for a while and it really was a dream come true!’
It is really impressive that Chloe manages to combine a hard training regime with studying for her GCSE exams which will take place in the summer. She has high target grades to aim for and with her determined attitude to all she does, we are sure she will do well. Chloe’s parents drive her around the country at weekends to events which always take part in hilly regions – as Chloe says there aren’t many hills or mountains in East Anglia! Chloe will also be taking part in the British Championships in May where she hopes to be in the top 5 or medal in her age group.
Abbie Kerr, who is in Year 10 at Hedingham School and lives in Sible Hedingham, is also a talented young sportswoman who participates in cross- country events during the winter and triathlons in the summer. Like Chloe, Abbie got involved in sport when she was still at primary school and now trains every night except Friday when she has a well- deserved rest! She does her homework when she gets home from school and then is off running, swimming or cycling, often when it is dark, to complete her gruelling training regime. Abbie swims with Halstead Swimming Club and runs with Braintree Athletics Club which helps her with her training.
Abbie recently represented Hedingham School in cross-country in a South East Schools Inter- Counties Schools event and she is now getting ready for the Triathlon Super Series which, hopefully, will lead her to qualifying for European events. Her parents drive her around the country to participate in competitions and she will be going to Wales and Scotland for two of the Super Series events.
We wish both girls success in their chosen sports and congratulate them on their dedication to training and keeping up to date with their school work!